RNC Chairman Michael Steele offered a non-apology apology Sunday for using the term “honest injun.” His mea culpa came less than a day after Senate Majority leader Harry Reid used the term “negro” when discussing then-Senator Barack Obama.
Steele said the remarks shouldn’t be held to the same standard and called for Reid to resign.
Wednesday, Steele was speaking to Sean Hannity about his new book, “Right Now: A 12-step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda.” The RNC Chairman told Hannity, “Our platform is one of the best political documents that’s been written in the last 25 years. Honest injun on that.”
Members of his own party immediately spoke out against him. Rep. Tom Cole called Steele’s remarks “unacceptable” and said, “It’s an offensive phrase in the Native American community.”
Sen. Harry Reid apologized Saturday for his own unacceptable comments about then-candidate Obama. Reid said Obama could win the presidency because he was “light-skinned” and speaks with little “Negro dialect.” Reid immediately called Obama to apologize. “I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words,” Reid said in a statement. “I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments.”
Steele called for the Majority Leader to step down Sunday. “I think he should,” he told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Steele complained that former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was forced to step down when he praised Strom Thurmond who ran as a segregationist for president in 1948. Lott said the country would not have had “all the problems” it had if more people had voted for Thurmond.
“The reality is there is this standard where the Democrats feel they can say these things and they can apologize when it comes from the mouths of their own,” said Steele. “But if it comes from anyone else, it’s racism. It’s either racist or it’s not.”
But apparently that standard doesn’t hold up when it comes to Steele’s “honest injun” remark. “The reality of it is that’s not the same,” Steele told Wallace.
This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Jan. 10, 2010.
Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests
President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.
Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.
BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.
Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.
Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report
President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.
Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.
The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.
More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”
Seattle mayor imposes emergency curfew — set to begin only 14 minutes after her announcement
The mayor of Seattle announced on Twitter that she would be signing an executive order imposing a curfew.
"I will soon be signing an emergency order and the city of Seattle will be imposing a 5 pm curfew soon," Durkin tweeted at 4:46 p.m. -- only 14 minutes before the order was set to go into effect.
"Crowds need to disburse from downtown immediately," she ordered.
"While many individuals gathered peaceful, some individuals have started fires and are destroying buildings. There are multiple fires downtown and it is an extremely dangerous situation. @Seattelfire (sic) does not have access to buildings," she continued.